Connor Greene, a second-year student at Chicago-Kent College of Law at Illinois Tech, has won the best advocate award at the 2016 White Collar Crime Mock Trial Invitational, held November 11–13 at the H. Carl Moultrie D.C. Superior Courthouse in Washington, D.C. Greene and his Chicago-Kent teammates—Kristen Farr Capizzi, Bryce Hensley and Tyler Mikan—took second place in the overall competition.
Chicago-Kent defeated teams from Brooklyn Law School, the University of Maryland School of Law and the University of Houston Law Center in the preliminary rounds before beating William and Mary Law School in the semifinals. The team fell to New York University School of Law in a very close final-round match.
Greene earned a bachelor’s degree in political science at the University of Iowa. At Chicago-Kent, Greene is a member of the Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity and is active in the Criminal Law Society. In May, he began working as an intern in the Narcotics Division of the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office.
The team was coached by Judge David Erickson, director of Chicago-Kent’s Trial Advocacy Program, and alumni Anthony Lucafo ’06, Ana Montelongo ’16 and Michael Sherer ’16. Montelongo and Sherer were both members of the Chicago-Kent team that were finalists in last year’s competition.
Hosted by the Georgetown University Law Center Barristers’ Council, the White Collar Crime Invitational comprises a federal criminal mock trial competition focused on white collar issues. Only 18 of the nation’s top trial advocacy teams are invited to compete each year.
Chicago-Kent’s trial advocacy teams have won numerous individual student honors and regional and national competitions. In the most recent U.S. News & World Report graduate school rankings, Chicago-Kent’s Trial Advocacy Program is ranked third in the country.